Andy Bachmann | July 19, 2016


There is something magical about the full moon this time of year. It peeks up above the treeline about the time the fellows are headed down for evening dip. The beautiful skies the last few days, combined with the magical silver bridge that starts small but stretches across the water as the night grows is a wonder to behold.

On Sunday night during our brief intermission at Sunday Night Sing, the sun broke out of the clouds and an incredible double rainbow appeared above Hooks Point. Sunday would have been my Dad’s 76th birthday, and it definitely felt like a warm greeting from the man who has meant so much to this place. So I did what I figured he’d do. We all ran outside to ooh and ahh at the skies before heading back in for the second half.

Life has shifted into a gentle flow around camp. The boys are in the routine; the new guys aren’t as baffled by all those bugle calls and the kids who were proclaiming to be homesick are having a harder and harder time proving they’re not having a blast. Most cabins have made it through all our activities, and some new favorites are popping up. It’s great to watch these guys go from Archery to Ultimate Frisbee to Water Skiing to Crafts. Yet another reminder how awesome camp can be.

Most of our trips are either out and back, out on the trail or about to head out. Seniors are in Pictured Rocks, Isle Royale and about to head out to the Boundary Waters and Apostle Islands. This Wednesday Cubbies head out for their second overnight camping trip of the term. This time they go to Pallate Lake, a place Kent Overbey proclaims to be one of the best campsites in the northwoods.

Life is good up north.

3 Responses

  1. Paulina Benton says:
    July 19th, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    What an awesome and passionate description of what´s going on back there. Thanks!!

  2. John Zokovitch says:
    July 19th, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Love the posts Andy. You do a nice job of painting the picture so that it almost feels like being there. Glad too for that rainbow, a message from your dad.

  3. Kris Milner says:
    July 19th, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Up North is the best! Sorry John will not be doing it this year, but happy that his sister Kate is a counselor at Clearwater! John’s working in an accounting job in Ft Worth this summer, and I get to visit him next weekend!. Things evolve

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